BIOGRAPHIES


Stefan Defilet, Violin

As a school boy in the Bournemouth area, Stefan was very involved in the local music scene, eventually leading the Bournemouth and Dorset Youth Orchestras, and the orchestra of “Gli Amici Della Musica”. Four years at Trinity College of Music in London followed. Within two weeks of leaving Trinity, he got a job with the Canadian based violin show “Barrage”. Four years later, he’d played with them in 16 countries on 4 continents. It was time to move onto new pastures, so he moved to New Zealand for 6 months, where he played with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and several string quartets.

Back to Dorset in ‘05, and now enjoys a varied teaching and freelancer’s career. He’s played with many orchestras including the BSO, numerous string quartets, and currently leads the Westbourne Orchestra. Recording highlights include BRIT award single of the year Girls Aloud “The Promise”, Pet Shop Boys, Alesha Dixon and several CD’s with the BSO. His teaching website is here – www.bournemouth-violin-teacher.co.uk

Stefan is trying to get fit by running at the moment, but not enjoying it very much. He prefers hanging out with Becca and the two kids, camping, or doing some DIY around the house and garden.


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Piotr Kopec, Violin

Piotr studied at Trinity College of Music in London, gaining an honours degree in violin performance. Piotr is a member of several String Quartets, and works with orchestras, choral societies, chamber groups, opera, and in musical theare.

He has performed at hundreds of functions and weddings, and recorded for various pop acts. With the Orion Trio he has performed on cruise ships around the world. He gives recitals and in recent years has performed all of the major violin concertos.

Piotr plays on a 1673 Andrea Guarneri violin, kindly on loan from Felicity Belfield. Piotr loves the outdoors – cycling, playing frisbee on the beach and camping. He’s pretty good at climbing trees too.


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Becca Defilet, Viola

Becca grew up in Bournemouth and started playing the Viola aged 13, soon playing with the Bournemouth, Wessex and Dorset Youth Orchestras. She accepted a place at Guildhall School of Music, where she went on to gain her Bmus and Pdot. While at college, Becca built up many contacts, which opened up several different avenues for her freelancing career in London for the next 12 years. Highlights include touring Europe with bands such as “My Life Story” and “The Tindersticks”, performing on the BBC’s “Top of the Pops” with artists “Jamiroquai”, Gary Barlow and Chrissie Hynde, recording for artists such as George Michael, Kirsty McCall, Morrissey and Beth Orton, and playing live with Neil Diamond…. to name a few!

She also enjoyed writing for, and playing in some London based folk and country bands. She was leader of the Viola section of the London Pilharmonic Youth Orchestra and her Orchestral tours took her to Portugal and the USA. She also enjoyed touring the UK with the show “Timeless” (Suspect Culture Theatre Company), highlights including the Edinburgh Festival and “The Donmar Warehouse”.

Now that Becca has settled back in Bournemouth, she is kept very busy with her 2 children, her violin and viola teaching at 4 local schools, and as much chamber music and orchestral playing as time permits! Becca loves walking, camping and being in the great outdoors, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga.


Nick Squires, Cello

Nick Squires is a UK based cellist, producer and arranger With over 20 years experience playing and composing, including co-writing and producing Billboard No.1 track ‘Medals’ with the Chinese superstar Luhan.

He has toured the world as a member of pop band “Jamie Scott and the Town”, performed in the West End and internationally with the Lion King, Wicked and leading UK Orchestras: Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC orchestras, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, including being a guest principle cellist of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. He is also principle cello of the Magic FM radio orchestra and BBC one’s Big Night Of Musicals.

As a versatile cellist and string arranger, Nick has worked with a diverse range of artists from Birdy to Westlife, The Pet Shop Boys to The X Factor USA and many more. Nick has played in film and pop sessions as well as recording for the epic ‘Hans Zimmer Strings’ sample bank for Spitfire Audio.

Nick’s Cello has featured on UK number one ‘The Promise’ – Girls Aloud and the global hit ’Sweet About Me’ – Gabriella Cilmi

Due to the success of his viral and extremely chilled ‘Bach in the Rain’ video, Nick has composed meditation and mindfulness albums for Calm.com (Cello in the Rain 1 and 2) and Lo-fi yoga beats for Apple Fitness. New to 2023, Nick has started collaborating with Silvascreen Records with his ‘Imitation Games’ series of albums.

Nick combines his love of all things strings and music education, composing multi-genre crossing compositions with his own brand of children’s music with backing tracks, (www.inthemixmusic.co.uk), as well as being an ‘in-house’ music producer for the music education company Charanga.

Nick performs beautiful arrangements of a mixture of classical compositions and original material, accompanied by backing tracks in concerts around the UK and also performs for the new series of Candlelight Concerts by Fever.

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